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Movies I saw in 2010.

  • Jan 4, 2011
Okay. I didn't see that many movies in 2010 and a "best of" list wouldn't be accurate since there would be omissions. So, heres a list of what I saw in 2010, or maybe right after Christmas in 2009.
The stunning visuals and production aside, this movie was to me, James Cameron spitting in my face with a condescending story that we've heard before and what could be the epitome of white guilt of a crippled marine who finds his home with an alien tribe on a faraway planet. The parallels between this movie and current day events and even older ones involving US affairs with Indians is PAINFULLY obvious.
See the full review, "Nothing hurts more then a script swung by a heavy hand.".
Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)
I really came to appreciate the look and feel of this movie. The urbane and cultured man I had always heard about from the books is replaced by Robert Downy Jr as a fussy, dirt covered, bruiser as he and Watson scour all over London from it's sick and dirty parts to the upper reaches of the government searching for a black magic practitioner. Went a long way in establishing evidance to be used later which felt like a cheat but it was fun to see all those clues add up in the end. Sequel bait awaits at the end.
See the full review, "Through all the grime and soot of old London towne, Holmes found that clue.".
The Book of Eli
Dystopian futures may not be original but this one at least shows there is some hope in the world and one man with God at his back and you don't DARE mess with on a quest to the west to take home an important piece of cargo. A lot more subtle then Avatar and just as action packed.
See the full review, "All of a sudden I was blinded by a flash, devil of a man with a gun".
Iron Man 2
Sequels aren't always equal but this one surely pulled it's weight to bring enough to the table and be worthwhile. It's weakest moments are the Avengers shilling with Samuel L Jackson as it's pitchman. A little more action could have helped too. Tony meets some new allies, and he needs them this time to help cure his dying body and keep US Senators and revenge seekers off his back.
See the full review, "Would "Asshole Man" been a better title?".
The Expendables
Rough, tough show your 80's stuff in this throw back to the bombastic, hammy and fun 80's action movies with an old guard busting heads with the new in a simple but effective tale of a super duper mercenary team overthrowing an island army and it's US backer.
See the full review, ""The Expendables" Such an incorrect name for these guys!".
Violent, gritty, sleasy and altogether NOT subtle "mexploitation" movie with the hero, Machete doing battle with crooked US Senators and the drug kingpin evil that is Steven Seagal and backed up by a horde of day laborors. If you like action, it's your movie. If you want anything else, it's not.
See the full review, "¡NINGUNA DELICADEZA EN ABSOLUTO!!!!".
Geezers with guns is the model here with Bruce Willis teaming with some old partners to save the day and a young woman's life. Over the top in some places it may be but it doesn't get too outrageous. In the wake of The Expendables and Machete, it did look weak.
See the full review, "When Mirren grabs that Browning or an MP5, you better be scared.".
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Interesting but ultimately unwanted sequel with Gordon Gecko out of prison for his white collar crimes and latching onto Shia Labouf's up and comer on the market. Shia has WAY too much work to carry with given his acting chops and an ending that isn't welcome either. People called this a cash in. I certainly believed it when the DVD showed up just in time for the last week of Christmas shopping.
See the full review, "OS /\ ~ 2.34% MD /\ ~ 5.87% SL \/ ~ 9.25%".
Due Date
Planes Trains and Automobiles gets an update with Robert Downy Jr as Steve Martin's character and Zach Galifinakis as John Candy's character. See the original instead, unless it's a lazy afternoon.
See the full review, "It's about time that a Planes Trains and Automobiles remake was "Due"".
True Grit
A pretty pedestrian attempt by the Coens who I love, but this movie looked and still felt like one of they're own original works, instead of a remake of an old western movie. A good movie is still here but if you were looking to be blown away by some real inventive stuff that the Coen's usually have up they're sleeve, you will come up a little dry here.
See the full review, ""And you will know my name is THE DUDE, when I lay my vengance upon thee!!"".

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January 07, 2011
Oh, wow, Scotty, This is quite the list, but it shows me how behind the times I am: I have not seen any of these yet, but I usually wait till they're on TV anyway. I love movies, but am more of a reader...and I write so much I have very little time for it ALL... Dang it! You are sorely tempting me, though. Thanks for taking time to do this. Hugs - Betty xo
January 07, 2011
Well, the note came from you. Grrrrrrrrrrrr... Anyway, John, you did a great job selecting these movies. Hugs and all the best to both of you lovely gentlemen. xo
January 08, 2011
Thank you.
January 08, 2011
Sorry, I answered to Scotty instead of you, John. You're too cool and your choices are superb. For a vampire book with a difference, try Krisi Keley's UPON THE SOUL OF A VAMPIRE. It's great, and my friend Deous Gennari in Washington State is coming out with a movie WE WERE VAMPIRE that is really different. Please read about it in my latest celeb interview: http://tinyurl.com/277nmao I would be honored if you would leave a comment at bottom of the interview. Thanks, John... xo
January 08, 2011
I don't read a lot and was never into Vampires much outside of Blade and Underworld, but thank you for the recommendation.
January 07, 2011
nice... looks like I've missed a few...
January 07, 2011
Red, Due Date and True Grit aren't on DVD yet but the others are. Thanks.
January 07, 2011
great thanks for the info.
January 06, 2011
Cool list, John! I still need to catch a few of these.
January 07, 2011
Right on. Most are on DVD now.
January 06, 2011
Great list! These are some of my favorite films films of the year.
January 06, 2011
Thank you.
January 04, 2011
Nice list, John! I saw about all the movies here save for two. Cool list. I actually made my own BEST OF 2010. =) Happy New Year!!
January 04, 2011
I wish I could do a "best of" but I only saw so many movies at the theater and ones that I know are big like Inception and Social Network I didn't see. Then again, I didn't see Twilight or Last Airbender either. I hear those are terrible.
January 06, 2011
I am considering making a worst of 2010, but it would be too easy LOL!
January 06, 2011
I've seen The Last Airbender, Devil, Twilight and Cop Out on enough lists, they must be universally hated movies. 2010 must have been a year of either really good or really crap movies.
January 06, 2011
Yeah. Hey, have you made a list of your best to worst Star Trek Movies or episodes?
January 06, 2011
http://www.lunch.com/startrekfans/Lists-60-7...t_Star_Trek_Movies.html Yes I did, a long time ago. It's in the community.
January 10, 2011
hey check out this QT about you...hey, we can rate ourselves LOL!
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